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My fiancé and I LOVE to cook. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend time together, helping us connect creatively and indulge in the fruits of our labor. Because of this shared passion and our obsession with watching the Food Network, we decided that on our first anniversary we were going to throw our very own “Chopped” competition… with some modifications, of course. It was a total success! We were both so impressed with the outcome and overall experience that it has officially become an annual tradition. Each year we choose a new theme for our “baskets” that guide our mystery shopping for the other. This year we wanted to help #supportlocal during these crazy times by using at least three mandatory local Colorado products to enhance our dishes.

Night #1  – ERIC
Mandatory Ingredients:

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Night #2  – KARYN
Mandatory Ingredients:

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Almond & meringue encrusted bacon-wrapped turkey tenderloin drizzled with a dulce de leche gravy served with a side of roasted broccoli & onions, complete with a dairy/gluten-free dulce chayote squash tart.

Rhubarb & fig marinated pork tenderloin and brown rice stuffed acorn squash with a sauteed chayote squash side salad tossed with a mustard & sriracha citrus dressing.